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Manchester City have named one of their training pitches after the departing Yaya Toure, according to Mirror Sport.

The Ivorian is set to play for the last time in City’s colours when Brighton come to town this evening.

Last month, Pep Guardiola  confirmed that the 34-year old will leave City at the end of the season after eight trophy-laden seasons at the Etihad.

The club have confirmed they have named a pitch at their City Football Academy after the long-serving midfielder.

Toure posed alongside City chairman Khaldoon Al Mubarak, who also unveiled a special mosaic next to the pitch.

Al-Mubarak reckons Toure deserves all the plaudits he gets because he has made a huge impact at the club.
He said: “Yaya Toure is a very special footballer and the importance of his contribution to Manchester City Football Club is indisputable.
“He had a positive impact from the moment he signed with us in the summer of 2010, driving the team forward with his unique blend of talent, strength and style.

“The word ‘legend’ can often be misapplied, but in describing Yaya’s status as a City player there is no more appropriate a term.
“I know that I join every City fan in thanking him for everything he has given to this Club and wish him all the very best for the next stage of his career.”

Meanwhile, Manchester City manager, Pep Guardiola has confirmed Yaya Toure will be given a befitting farewell during Brighton’s game tonight.
He said; “at the Brighton game we are going to make what he deserves, one of the most beautiful farewells he deserves.
“All that game we will be focused on winning the game against Brighton for Yaya because we cannot forget.
“We have amazing facilities, but the club got higher and higher because of the players.
“Yaya came here when they started this idea of the club and what we are now is thanks to this guy and what he has done.
“We cannot forget under Roberto Mancini, Manuel Pellegrini, Yaya was the key, key, key player and that’s why we are delighted to do this for Yaya.”

Toure said he intends to stay in England and play in the Premier League next season but would not like to line up against City.
“Yes, because of my family. My kids, for me, are British. They go to school here, they have a lot of friends in Manchester. Manchester is their town; Toure said.

“I would never celebrate a goal against City. I don’t want to face them, but if I want to stay in the Premier League, I’ll have to.”

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